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Aikakone (1895)

– tekijä: H. G. Wells

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A scientist invents a time machine and uses it to travel to the year 802,701 A.D., where he discovers the childlike Eloi and the hideous underground Morlocks.
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I am so glad that I am going back and re-reading H.G. Wells. I enjoyed reading him in high school, but, no offense to my younger self, I only appreciated Wells on one level. Just like I was blown away by my re-read of "The Island of Dr. Moreau," this book was just as stunning, although not as deeply disturbing. If you have not read Moreau, stop reading this review and go read it. We'll talk when you get back.

In Moreau, Wells explores the nature of man, his place in the scheme of things, as well as man's supposed moral nature set against the amorality of science. Clearly an example of Einstein's famous fear that "our technology has surpassed our humanity." Equally disturbing is the idea that the concept and identity of God clearly is a function of your own personal point of reference and a position ready to be filled by whomever has the power to take it.

In The Time Machine, Wells tackles society, economic realities, and evolution and presents a plausible and terrifying scenario. On one level we have a great sci-fi adventure about the evil and monstrous Moorlocks and the sheep-like but sympathetic Eloi. That is what I read as a kid. However on my re-read I was fascinated when I learned who these races represent and I really can't argue with his theories. I don't want to give anything away, because I HATE spoilers, but I will say that this novel is a social commentary on a level with anything written by Dickens and although I always enjoyed Wells as a masterful and creative story-teller, I now recognize Wells as a great thinker as well. I bought the Delphi edition of his complete works because I want to read everything the man wrote and spend some time with his work.

Then, as a sort of ad-on set piece at the end, Wells' scientist sets his time machine's dial to the distant future to observe, first hand, the end of the world. So logical that a scientist would do this, it fits perfectly into the story and shows how great a storyteller Wells was. However, this scene goes way beyond mere story-telling. I read this section several times. We have read this type of scene before but I will argue that it has never been done anywhere nearly as well as this. Chilling, creepy, unnerving, dark beyond description----absolutely brilliant. This set of scenes put this book onto my all time favorite shelf.

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  ChrisMcCaffrey | Apr 6, 2021 |
I picked this book so I can cross out another title from my ultimate reading list: NPR's Top 100 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy books.
This is one of the books that, albeit short, needs to be reread. The first part of the plot is too confusing for me and I fell asleep halfway through the story. I can say that the movie is somewhat better than the book. Some readers may enjoy this book, so I won't stop them from reading it.
  DzejnCrvena | Apr 2, 2021 |
The time machine is still a scifi classic. While you have to take a leap of faith with regards to the science and technology, the story itself is fascinating. Are our descendants really destined to become morlocks? ( )
  Karlstar | Mar 13, 2021 |
I was absolutely sure I had read this novel - it is an early classic, the first time travel story (which is one of my favorite genres) and yet it did not feel familiar when I read it. It is possible that I had read it either so early in my life that most of the story had disappeared from my head or that it was an abridgement. In either case, a planned reread turned into reading a new novel that I enjoyed very much.

The story is simple - or at least appears to be - a guy invents a time machine, goes in the future and comes to tell his friends what he saw there. That part as novel as it was for the end of the 19th century is a known trope these days. And as much as that is an important development for the genre, it is also the part where Wells, in his normal style, does a lot of hand-waving so he can get to the real story - the story of the Earth in the future. I cannot not wonder what would have Verne done with this story -- I suspect that he would have turned it into a scientific novel with very little real future history - but then these were the styles of the two fathers of Science Fiction.

But back to the story -- our traveler ends up in the year 802,701 and finds an idyllic world there - the sun is shining, people spend their time in leisure and pleasure. But something does not look right - he expected to see highly technological society and found a garden, almost like the garden of Eden - which very soon turns out to be everything but. Humanity had managed to do into two different species - one on the surface, living in leisure and one under the ground, supporting them. And somewhere along the long millennia, things had gone horribly wrong and the underworld people, the Morlocks, are not something that the traveler wants to believe the humanity can devolve into.

The social commentary on this future world is writing itself - even in the parts that Wells does not mention. The traveler finds and loses a companion - despite the differences, the people above the ground are still people and he can flirt with Weena easily enough. And that opens other questions - because if we follow the logic, the people still in the open are the ones that caused the separation and exploited everyone else and yet... they seem to have kept their humanity - in some ways anyway.

The Time Traveler does not stop there - he pushes ever further along. The next stop is more than distressing (but at least there are still some creatures that seem to be people) and the last one is the end of the world -- it a tide-locked world, humans are all gone (well... unless we somehow ended up in the water).

The part with the second stop was cut from the first publication of the novel as a whole - although noone knows if it was by design or simply a mistake. I find the novel a lot more powerful because of it.

And the end of the novel is as mysterious as the whole story - having told the story our traveler goes away again - and his friend is still waiting for him. He speculates on where he may be... but it is left to the reader to decide if he went away for love or for an adventure. And if someone does not believe the story, there are those two flowers that do not exist in our world -- the symbols of love and friendship and the proof if one needs one.

There are a few eyebrow raising moments (who he compares the Eloi (the above ground people) to for example) but because the novel is mostly set in the future and the characters in the here and there are more of archetypes than people, the novel actually does not sound dated or worse. And considering when it was written, it sound more modern than a lot of novels written 50 years later.

The edition I read had two introduction - one by George Zebrowski and one by Brian Aldiss (printed as an Afterword). Both are very good and neither should be read by someone who had not read the novel. One of those days someone will figure out how to write an introduction that does not spoil the complete novel... ( )
  AnnieMod | Feb 22, 2021 |
The Time Traveler, a dreamer obsessed with traveling through time, builds himself a time machine and, much to his surprise, travels over 800,000 years into the future. He lands in the year 802701: the world has been transformed by a society living in apparent harmony and bliss, but as the Traveler stays in the future he discovers a hidden barbaric and depraved subterranean class. Wells’s transparent commentary on the capitalist society was an instant bestseller and launched the time-travel genre.

Vivid.

Tense.

Eloquent.

Launched into a future the time traveler is forced to overcome an oversimplified people in the Eloi and the devious Morlocks who, in the hopes of luring the time traveler into a trap, steal it from it. Overcoming great odds, our time traveler finds his way home and, though tired, vividly recounts his journey to his dinner guests.

H.G. Wells uses 1st person narrative to absolute perfection in this story. Every scene he puts forward is as vivid as the most beautiful painting. This is a must read for anyone who loves a good classic. ( )
  JBTaylor42 | Feb 7, 2021 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 300) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Without question The Time Machine... will take its place among the great stories of our language. Like all excellent works it has meanings within its meaning and no one who has read the story will forget the dramatic effect of the change of scene in the middle of the book, when the story alters its key, and the Time Traveller reveals the foundation of slime and horror on which the pretty life of his Arcadians is precariously and fearfully resting...

The Arcadians had become as pretty as flowers in their pursuit of personal happiness. They had dwindled and would be devoured because of that. Their happiness itself was haunted. Here Wells’s images of horror are curious. The slimy, the viscous, the foetal reappear; one sees the sticky, shapeless messes of pond life, preposterous in instinct and frighteningly without mind. One would like to hear a psychologist on these shapes which recall certain surrealist paintings; but perhaps the biologist fishing among the algas, and not the unconscious, is responsible for them.
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Strength is the outcome of need; security sets a premium on feebleness.
Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change. Only those animals partake of intelligence that have to meet a huge variety of needs and dangers.
I grieved to think how brief the dream of the human intellect had been. It had committed suicide. It had set itself steadfastly towards comfort and ease, a balanced society with security and permanency as its watchword, it had attained its hopes—to come to this at last. Once, life and property must have reached almost absolute safety. The rich had been assured of his wealth and comfort, the toiler assured of his life and work. No doubt in that perfect world there had been no unemployed problem, no social question left unsolved. And a great quiet had followed.
He, I know—for the question had been discussed among us long before the Time Machine was made—thought but cheerlessly of the Advancement of Mankind, and saw in the growing pile of civilisation only a foolish heaping that must inevitably fall back upon and destroy its makers in the end. If that is so, it remains for us to live as though it were not so.
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